Such an approach enables them to be receptive to scientific and technological advances, and to encourage the channeling of this new knowledge in ways that will raise the spiritual, intellectual, and material life of the human race.
One must be able to look at what impact the Singularity will have on the future of humanity, and understand that the world of today will be vastly different from the world of tomorrow, which is approaching rapidly and forever changing the way humans interact with technology.
We will face this issue in the coming decades. Rosenberg, The social impact of computers London, Elsevier, pg78  R. If one is placing devices in remote locations, there is great advantage to making every device a sensor, even if part of its responsibility is to relay information from neighboring sensors toward a concentration point.
The rate of technological advancement is increasing with time, society is looking to create and develop easier ways to live and lengthen their lives. Lewis Mumford, a social critic and distinguished historian of technology can be seen to have a similar argument to that of Weizenbaum.
The brief touches on public concern. Predictable technological changes will have somewhat predictable impacts on public, private, and academic partnerships. Another critic of technology is Neil Postman.
A large investment of time and money and considerable commercial risk are often required to develop a new technology and bring it to market.
Kluger, 66 Will freely spreading self-replicating nanobots be the avian flu or mad cow disease of the future?